McKesson recalls Xanax blister packs with blank labels


McKesson Packaging Services is recalling blister packs of Xanax and a stomach drug because of labeling problems.

According to the most recent FDA Enforcement Report, McKesson is recalling 34,920 blister cards because the primary packaging label contains no product information--no product name, strength info, lot number or expiration date. The product was manufactured by Sandoz but packaged by McKesson’s North Carolina-based packaging operation and distributed in Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana and Ohio.

Additionally, the company is recalling 1,810 blister packs of the proton pump inhibitor Lansoprazole manufactured by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories ($RDY) that were shipped nationwide. In that case, the blister packs' outer secondary packaging was mislabeled as 30-mg tablets instead of 40-mg tablets. The inner packaging is properly labeled, the report says.

Both voluntary recalls were issued this month.

The San Francisco-based drug wholesaling giant has been dealing with a variety of issues this year. In January it acknowledged it had eliminated 1,600 jobs, about 4% of its workforce. That announcement came after the company reduced its forecast for the fiscal year as generic pricing pressure and industry consolidation took a toll.

More recently, McKesson’s German distributor was raided by Germany’s Cartel Office a couple of weeks ago. Gehe was one of a number of wholesalers from which authorities reportedly seized documents as part of a probe into possible price collusion.  

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